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Created on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government has announced the opening of the Independent Living Fund Scotland Transition Fund which aims to help young people, between the ages of 16 and 21 living with disabilities, with the transition after leaving school or children's services to be more independent. The maximum ...

Created on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Parliament passed the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 back on 3rd March of that year. Part 4 of the Act introduced a legal duty for NHS Health Boards in Scotland to provide communication equipment and necessary support for any person who has lost their voice...

Created on Wednesday, 03 January 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

Professor Lani Florian, Bell Chair of Education, The University of Edinburgh, will be delivering a Public Lecture, entitled 'On the Presumption of Mainstreaming: Ideals and Reality' at 5 pm on Tuesday 16th January 2018. The lecture will be given in the Godfrey Thomson Hall, Moray House Schoo...

Created on Monday, 11 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Communication Trust has been funded by the Department for Education to conduct a research project on the effective teaching of literacy for pupils who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Part of the project is a national survey around practices and experiences for any...

Created on Friday, 08 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

I had a phone call this week from an adult with dyslexia wanting to use text-to-speech with the Kindle app to help him read books on an Android tablet. You would expect this to be relatively straightforward, but it took over two hours of investigation and I'm still not sure that I found the '...

Created on Thursday, 07 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

We have been asked to pass on information about a survey into how decisions are made about selecting an appropriate  App for somebody who needs to use augmentative and alternative communication to express themselves. The survey, organised by James Northridge from the University of Massachusetts...

Created on Monday, 04 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Does anybody in a secondary school in Scotland have a pupil who is using a Reader Pen / Exam Pen to help them read text independently? Has this pupil used the Pen to sit prelims, or SQA assessments? Jim Bowen from Scanning Pens is desperately looking for case studies illustrating the use of Reader /...

Created on Friday, 01 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Over the past few years I’ve occasionally reflected on the range of switch accessible toys available for children with complex additional support needs. Companies like Inclusive Technology, TFH, SpaceKraft and Liberator have some excellent toys available, but many have become increasingly comp...

Created on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

To coincide with the Dyslexia Scotland Educational Conference on Saturday 28th October, we have updated our iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties wheel and will be launching a new wheel, iPad Apps for Learners with Dyscalculia / Numeracy Difficulties. Both can be do...